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Hi I'm Leslie

I'm a teacher. I'm a theater enthusiast and a lover of books. I'm a writer, and a sister and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a high school biology teacher in Arizona. It is a profession that has come to define me in many ways. I love watching my students learn and grow. I am one of 6 kids, and have 14 nieces and nephews that light up my life. I love live theatre and books of all kinds, but try to have an adventurous side as well. I have lived in Arizona since I was 16 years old, but before that I traveled the world with my family and my military father. I love to learn as much as I can about anything I can. I graduated from Arizona State University and am in the process of going back to school for a Master's degree. I am always looking for new experiences and new things to learn.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and always professed to have a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and the gospel of Jesus Christ for as long as I can remember. However, as I left the sheltered life of my teenage years and entered into adulthood I found that the testimony of my youth was not necessarily strong enough to carry me through the difficulties of adulthood in our modern world. I stumbled and fell a time or two trying to find my place in the world, but even in my lowest moments I still had the simple faith and testimony that I had developed as a child. No matter how hard life became, I always had the glimmer of hope that comes with faith in the Lord. With every trial came a chance to learn more about myself and my Heavenly Father's plan, and I always came out of it just a little bit stronger. While I certainly do not wish such trials upon myself, I know that all my experiences have been for my benefit. He is teaching me and helping me become the daughter that He knows I can be. In the Spring pf 2011, I lost my father to cancer. That was by the far the hardest thing I've ever had to endure, but at the same time it was the most uplifting. Through my family's grief and pain we could feel the comfort of the Holy Spirit reminding us that my Dad was not lost to us forever. Thanks to the Lord's Plan of Happiness I know that death is not the end. The peace and comfort I feel from this one piece of knowledge makes all the other trials of my life worth every painful moment, because at the end of it all comes the most profound truths; I know that my Heavenly Father lives. I know that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and open the way to eternal life. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God through whom the Lord restored the true and everlasting Gospel and that The Book of Mormon is true. I know that families are forever. I know he loves me and has a plan for me, and I will seek to follow that plan everyday of my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be the best person that I can be. I try to do the things that Heavenly Father would have me do and avoid those things that pull me away from Him. I am dedicated and loyal to my family and friends and there is almost nothing that I wouldn't do for them. I try to help those around me in need of help and let the Holy Spirit guide me. As a Visiting Teacher, I have been assigned to visit several of the women at church each month so that I can become a friend and confidante to them. I check in on their spiritual and temporal needs and help see to their welfare whenever necessary. While, I am not allowed to teach gospel principles in my classroom, I try to be a good example to my students of how they can live happy and successful lives without participating in many of the temptations that they face everyday.